Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Professor Marco Palacios

Marco Palacios is a Lawyer from the Universidad Libre de Colombia, Bogotá. In 1978, he received a DPhil from Oxford University with a thesis published in 1980 by Cambridge University Press with the title of Coffee in Colombia, 1850-1970. An Economic, Social and Political History, reprinted in 2002.

Currently he is Professor of the Centro de Estudios Históricos at El Colegio de México. He directs courses, seminars and doctoral theses on topics such as public violence, entrepreneurship, drug trafficking, national state, or national-populism, mainly in Latin America. He is a Regular Member of the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias e Investigador del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores de México, SNI. In 2016 COLCIENCIAS gave him the recognition of Emeritus Researcher of Colombia.

Professor Palacios has been Research Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of London (1977-78) and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Tsukuba (1980) Chicago, (1990) Duke (1991-92) and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (1992 -94); He was a Senior Associated Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford, in the early 1990s.

In Colombia he has been a professor at the Universidad Javeriana, Universidad de los Andes, and Universidad Nacional de Colombia, of which he was Rector in two periods (1984-88 and 2003-2005).

Professor Palacios has published extensively. His recent books include: The Colombia Reader, History, Culture, Politics., Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2017; (Editor with Ann Fansworth-Alvear and Ana María Gómez López). Violencia pública en Colombia, 1958-2010. FCE, Bogotá, 2012. ¿De quién es la tierra? Propiedad, politización y protesta campesina en la década de 1930, FCE-Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, 2011. Populistas: el poder de las palabras. Estudios de política. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, 2011. The 4th edition, corrected and updated, of El café en Colombia 1850-1970, was published in 2009 by El Colegio de México. He has been editor of various works of Latin American history, such as Negocios, empresarios y entornos políticos en Mexico, 1827-1958. El Colegio de México, México, 2015. Historia General de América Latina, De 1930 al presente. Vol. VIII. UNESCO-Trotta, Madrid, 2008 and Las Independencias Hispanoamericanas. Interpretaciones 100 años después, Norma, Bogotá, 2009.

Some of his works have also been published in English: Between Legitimacy and Violence. A History of Colombia, 1875-2002, Duke University Press, Durham, N.C., 2006. 'Knowledge is Power: The Case of Colombian Economists', in Economic Doctrines in Latin America. V. Fitzgerald and R. Thorp (Eds.) Palgrave/Macmillan, St. Antony's Series, London, 2005. With Christopher Abel he is co-author of 'Colombia, 1930-1958' and 'Colombia since 1958' in The Cambridge History of Latin America, Vol. VI, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1991 and with Frank R. Safford of Colombia. Fragmented Land, Divided Society, Oxford University Press, New York, 2002.

His author books published before 2012 are freely available on the Luis Ángel Arango Library Web at the following link: http://www.banrepcultural.org/proyectos/fondos-abiertos/marco-palacios

Summary of IAS Project

Based on his own research, during his one year stay at IAS, Professor Palacios aims to foster permanent dialogues with colleagues and students interested in the history and historiography of cities in the broadest sense of the term, chiefly from the UCL: the IAS; the Bartlett Development Planning Unit; and the Department of History. Professor Palacios will also take part in the regular activities of the IAS and will deliver a Talking Point Seminar on 'Populism and Violence in Bogotá during the second half of the 20th Century'.

From actively participating in academic activities such as these, Professor Palacios hopes to make substantial progress in the book on the history of Bogotá from the 16th century to the present and from a World History perspective, in which he has been working for several years now.